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December 7, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Reports of Rickey’s Demise Greatly Exaggerated?: Although ESPN reported with much certainty that former Newark Bears outfielder Rickey Henderson would be retiring, his agent begs to differ.

According to this San Francisco Chronicle article, Henderson is set to return to the Golden League if he doesn’t get an opportunity in the big leagues as a player or coach.

Rickey’s agent, Jeff Borris, told the paper, “He still plans to play. If no one gives him a job (in the majors), he plans to return to the San Diego Surf Dawgs as a player.”

Having last played in the big leagues in 2003, Rickey would be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2008 regardless of his involvement in independent baseball. In theory, he could still be playing professional and be in the Hall of Fame.

I’d be absolutely shocked if you didn’t see the Bears retire his #24 in the very near future.

Bluefish Manager Situation Thoughts: I was very surprised to see that Butch Hobson would be staying with the Nashua Pride after their move to the Can-Am League. I think this took Bluefish officials off guard a bit as well. I’m not in their front office, so I can’t really tell you what’s going on there, but it can’t be a good situation when the guy making the moves is a guy who isn’t under contract.

In any event, one name I’ve been hearing bounced around lately is Tony Rodriguez. A lot of the reason Rodriguez re-joined the Bluefish last year was for the opportunity to coach third base when possible. I still wouldn’t rule out Bill Madlock, as he lives in the area, and is certainly much more of a marketable name. – Mike Ashmore



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